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Linares beats Crolla again to keep WBA lightweight belt (The Associated Press)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Jorge Linares beat Anthony Crolla by unanimous decision for the second time in six months to keep the WBA lightweight title on Saturday.

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Despite cut above eye, Zeuge beats Ekpo to retain WBA belt (The Associated Press)

Tyron Zeuge retained his WBA super middleweight title by unanimous decision over Isaac Ekpo of Nigeria despite the bout stopping in the fifth round due to a cut above his eye on Saturday. The unbeaten German shaded the opening rounds but clashed heads with Ekpo in the third, opening the large cut over his right eye. Encouraged by blood streaming from the wound, Ekpo dominated the next round as Zeuge held on with his vision impaired.

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'Cyborg' vacates Invicta title, plans to pursue UFC featherweight belt

Cris “Cyborg” Justino (L), putting the finishing touches on Lina Lansberg, will surrender her Invicta FC belt and pursue the UFC title. (Getty Images)

The UFC’s newly created featherweight division received a major jolt Friday. Cris “Cyborg” Justino vacated her Invicta championship and plans to make a run at the UFC belt held by Germaine de Randamie.

Invicta president Shannon Knapp confirmed the news, first reported by MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on Twitter, to Yahoo Sports.

Neither Justino nor UFC president Dana White could be reached for comment on Friday, but Justino’s addition will instantly drive up interest in a division that still doesn’t have rankings and has only held one fight.

De Randamie defeated Holly Holm at UFC 208 in Brooklyn last month to win the title which had been created for Justino.

Justino is a power-punching, physically strong fighter whose presence has loomed over the UFC for years. Fans had been clamoring for her to fight former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, but Justino said she couldn’t make the weight.

Justino’s dominance was central to White creating the featherweight division, but her weight issues sank White’s hopes of putting her into the first women’s featherweight bout in UFC history.

White said he offered her three fights toward the end of 2016 and that each time, Justino turned the bout down, saying she needed more time to safely reach the 145-pound featherweight limit.

Then, just before Christmas, Justino was notified by USADA of a potential anti-doping violation. Justino, though, said he was taking a medication prescribed for her doctor and retroactively applied for a therapeutic use exemption.

USADA last month granted Justino the TUE and she was cleared of a violation.

Her decision to surrender the Invicta belt and pursue the UFC title is welcome news for White and the UFC, who have been on the lookout for stars. Justino is hugely popular among the MMA fan base who have seen her rack up one-sided knockout after one-sided knockout.

De Randamie said after the victory over Holm that she injured her hand and will require surgery. There is no indication when she’ll be ready to compete again.

The real problem for the UFC will be making matches for her. There aren’t many qualified female featherweights and Justino has dominated the best of the best.

Justino is 17-1 with one no contest and is 2-0 in the UFC after catchweight victories at 140 pounds over Leslie Smith and Lina Lansberg.

Megan Anderson, who had been Invicta’s interim champion, will now become the full champion.

Cris “Cyborg” Justino is 17-1 with one no contest in her MMA career and is 2-0 in the UFC. (Getty Images)

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Italian boxers describe ‘truly horrible’ London attack (The Associated Press)

LONDON (AP) -- Italian Olympic boxer Vincenzo Mangiacapre demonstrated Thursday how an unidentified attacker killed a policeman on the grounds of Parliament in front of the shocked members of his boxing team.

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Boxing: Brook to take on Spence in Sheffield title tilt (Reuters)

Britain Boxing - Kell Brook & Errol Spence Press Conference - Bramall Lane, Sheffield - 22/3/17 Kell Brook and Errol Spence pose after the press conference Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith Livepic

Britain's Kell Brook will defend his IBF welterweight world title against mandatory American challenger Errol Spence Jr. at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground on May 27. "It's long been a dream of mine to fight outdoors at Bramall Lane and I'm pleased to do that in the biggest fight in the welterweight division," the 30-year-old told reporters on Wednesday. Brook has returned to the welterweight division after the previously unbeaten fighter was bludgeoned by Kazakhstan's Gennady Golovkin in a one-sided WBC and IBF middleweight title bout in London last September.


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Ex-MMA fighter War Machine found guilty on 29 charges in Christy Mack assault

Jonathan “War Machine” Koppenhaver was found guilty on 29 of 34 charges in Christy Mack assault. (Getty)

Ex-MMA fighter Jonathan “War Machine” Koppenhaver was found guilty on 29 of 34 possible charges by a Clark Country jury stemming from his assault case with ex-girlfriend Christine “Christy Mack” Mackinday and Corey Thomas.

The 35-year-old Koppenhaver was on trial for a brutal assault back in August of 2014 that left Mack with a litany of injuries including 10 broken bones, a broken nose, missing teeth, a punctured lung, a fractured rib and a severely ruptured liver. Thomas also suffered injuries that included multiple contusions and a bone fracture. The incident began when the former competitor on “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show broke into Mack’s Las Vegas home and assaulted them both. After the attack, Koppenhaver fled to California, where he was eventually captured and arrested by police a few days later.

Mack testified for two days during the trail and detailed a troubling history of abuse she endured before it all culminated in the brutal attack.

Koppenhaver’s charges included burglary, battery, coercion, kidnapping, sexual assault and murder. A pair of attempted murder charges against Koppenhaver resulted in a mistrial due to a hung jury while three other charges resulted in a not guilty verdict.

Regardless of not securing a guilty verdict on the attempted murder charges, Koppenhaver could spend life in jail without parole when he is sentenced on June 5 in Las Vegas.

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GGG has options, options, options (The Associated Press)

Gennady Golovkin, of Kazakhstan, right, throws a left at Daniel Jacobs during the 11th round of a middleweight boxing match early Sunday, March 19, 2017, in New York. Golovkin won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

All the talk if Gennady Golovkin successfully defended his middleweight titles against Danny Jacobs was centered on GGG finally getting in the ring with Canelo Alvarez. Now, there might be another big-money possibility after Saturday night's close decision win: a rematch with Jacobs. Actually, Golovkin most likely will next fight England's Billy Joe Saunders, who owns the only belt in the weight class not in the Kazakh's possession, the WBO's version in the alphabet soup of championships.


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Boxing: Golovkin edges Jacobs by decision to defend titles (Reuters)

Mar 18, 2017; New York City, NY, USA;   Gennady Golovkin  throws a punch at Daniel Jacobs during middleweight world championship fight at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, the most fearsome knockout artist of this era, was pushed to the limit by Daniel Jacobs before retaining his world middleweight titles by decision at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Jacobs, known as "Miracle Man" since coming back from bone cancer five years ago, ended the unbeaten Golovkin's streak of 23 knockouts in a row in a battle that went to the scorecards for the first time since 2008 for the Kazakh champion. Two judges scored it 115-112, with the third making it 114-113 in favor of Golovkin, who retained his WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO middleweight crowns.


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Boxing: Golovkin edges Jacobs by decision to defend titles (Reuters)

Mar 18, 2017; New York City, NY, USA;   Gennady Golovkin  throws a punch at Daniel Jacobs during middleweight world championship fight at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, the most fearsome knockout artist of this era, was pushed to the limit by Daniel Jacobs before retaining his world middleweight titles by decision at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Jacobs, known as "Miracle Man" since coming back from bone cancer five years ago, ended the unbeaten Golovkin's streak of 23 knockouts in a row in a battle that went to the scorecards for the first time since 2008 for the Kazakh champion. Two judges scored it 115-112, with the third making it 114-113 in favor of Golovkin, who retained his WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO middleweight crowns.


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Boxing-Golovkin edges Jacobs by decision to defend titles (Reuters)

* Knocks Jacobs down in fourth * Jacobs ends Golovkin's knockout streak * First decision win by Golovkin since 2008 (Adds details, quotes) NEW YORK, March 18 (Reuters) - Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, the most fearsome knockout artist of this era, was pushed to the limit by Daniel Jacobs before retaining his world middleweight titles by decision at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Jacobs, known as "Miracle Man" since coming back from bone cancer five years ago, ended the unbeaten Golovkin's streak of 23 knockouts in a row in a battle that went to the scorecards for the first time since 2008 for the Kazakh champion. Two judges scored it 115-112, with the third making it 114-113 in favor of Golovkin, who retained his WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO middleweight crowns.

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